The Department of Environment and Heritage is conducting burn-offs at conservation parks in the Mallee in a bid to reduce the chance of bushfires spreading to residential areas.
Five controlled burns at the Ngarkat Conservation Park in the Murraylands and one burn at the Billiat Conservation Park north of Lameroo are taking place as part of the autumn program.
The regional fire management officer for the Murraylands, Brett Stevens, says residents nearby need to be aware of smoke.
Mr Stevens says the burn-offs will reduce the likelihood of bushfires in the region.
“Our intention with our burns is to link low fuel areas, previously burnt ground and other prescribed burns … so when a bushfire starts through lightning as its ignition, it runs into our burnt ground and hopefully puts itself out,” he said.